It’s been predicted that this winter will be an exceptionally snowy one, so it’s a safe bet that your furnace will be putting in long hours for the next few months. With this knowledge, it’s wise to assess the condition of your furnace and determine whether or not it’ll be able to keep up with your demand for warmth and comfort. After all, you don’t want to come in from a day of shoveling to a freezing house!
Here are a few signs that your furnace may be due for an upgrade:
- After 15 years, your furnace may still be working, but it’s likely not working as well as it used to all those years ago. Generally speaking, if the cost to maintain your furnace is 50% or more than the cost of a new furnace, you should just replace it.
- An older furnace will have to work harder to provide the levels of heating that it did when it was new, which means higher energy bills and a higher frequency of repairs. A slight increase might not be much to worry about now, but once you begin seeing significant increases, it’s time to consider an upgrade.
- It might be time to upgrade your furnace if the rooms throughout your home are different temperatures. An old furnace and outdated duct system causes your heating system to lose its ability to distribute heat evenly, and you’ll find some rooms colder or warmer than others.
- Furnaces tend to make noise when they start up and run, and these noises become a part of your household’s background over time as you get used to the sounds. However, if certain noises begin jumping out at you, or seem to be getting louder, it may be time to replace the unit.
As you begin to use your heating system, keep a close eye on it and see if any of the above indicators show up. If you aren’t sure your furnace is going to make it through this winter, contact us right away so that we set you on the right path to a warm and cozy home!